I'm thrilled to kick-start 2013 with a guest blog for the wonderful Waterstones, during which I explain how The Bone Season started – as a Post Office notebook. No joke. Thanks so much to those of you that have shared it online, and to Dan Lewis, who gave me the opportunity to share my anecdote. The Bone Season has also been picked as one of 2013's cultural highlights by none other than BBC News. Never in a million years could I have imagined blogging for Waterstones, or being mentioned by the BBC, when I was scribbling my strange little story in 2011. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
|He sees you when you're eating.|
2012 was a rollercoaster year – not just for me, but for the whole world. Here in the UK we've had the Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee (seeing Prince Charles say 'Mummy' on national telly was a highlight) and a supermassive fireworks display to round it all off. I really enjoyed the last few days of December, saying goodbye to the craziest twelve months of my life. It's been a season of vicious Uno games, half-hearted studying, last-minute tweaking of The Bone Season, and making Strawberry Santas. After an excess of fun, games and Quality Street, I'll be heading back to Oxford this weekend. I've really got to crack down on my studying now – editing The Bone Season took longer than expected, and I have a lot to get through . . . like revision notes for my five imminent exams, which I've barely looked at. Oops. I tell myself every day that I'm going to start re-reading Shakespeare and tackling my old enemies, Dryden and Pope – I just get so tempted by writing.
In the final edit Alexa threw some really thought-provoking questions at me, most of which inevitably ended up prompting new scenes, or at least rewrites, and sparking off sequel ideas. She's such a fantastic editor. So while I'll be devoting a lot of time to reading and revising next term (yay to the reading, nay to the revising) I'll also be sneaking in some scribbles on the side. Every day. I've got a Bone Season side project to work on – more news to come – and I'd love to get another few thousand words under my belt for Book 2 before I graduate. Here's hoping I can maintain some kind of control over my schedule.
I'd just like to say a huge thank you again to everyone that reads this blog – you really made 2012 for me, and I hope you'll stick with me for 2013.
Questions still answered and loved.